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Old 01-02-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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Anybody know how many mg's of BCAA are effective in a pwo shake?

And can anyone recommend a good brand of BCAA's because this will be my first time trying them and I have no idea what I'm doing
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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I ordered the following, 500 gram bottle, will give it 60 days, see how I feel.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/sf/bcaa.html
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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If you guys just ordered BCAA powder without any flavorings be prepared. It's....interesting to say the least. After using it a few times plain I had to cave and throw it into shake of protein and gatorade powder to mask the flavor/taste. Mine does not mix well by itself and it was just hard to get down. Next time I get BCAA's I'm definitely going to try to go a little more expensive and get the easily mixable stuff or pills. It was a birthday gift though so I can't complain too much.
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The taste of BCAA combo powders was one major reason I'm interested in leucine by itself...I don't know how true the T-Nation marketers are, but they said their leucine (by itself) doesn't change the flavor of things it is added to much if at all...

Nothing is good for you if you can't manage to get it past your taste buds...
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Nothing is good for you if you can't manage to get it past your taste buds...
Regular protein powder is disgusting also. So is green drink. And apparently BCAA's. I'm just gunna throw it all in a blender it choke it down after workouts, and hopefully it'll help
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:18 AM   #6
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to answer the original question I believe it is usually about 10grams recommended (5 grams minimal).....although BCAAs preworkout may be more effective.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:56 PM   #7
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Regular protein powder is disgusting also. So is green drink. And apparently BCAA's. I'm just gunna throw it all in a blender it choke it down after workouts, and hopefully it'll help
You have no idea how good you have it. Protein powders taste way better now than when I was your age. And BCAAs? Everyone should have the experience of choking down the horse pill AAs from the 80s and 90s.

For those that hate the taste, buy your own gel caps and stuff them with your own formula.
http://store.vitaminlifeusa.com/gel-caps-00014668.html

As for BCAAs, it depends on your program and your diet. If you're Zoning, you might want to add them, regardless of program. If you're doing CF, you would probably benefit from them but don't need them. If you're doing anything else that involves daily weights, then thrown em down.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:36 AM   #8
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The taste of BCAA combo powders was one major reason I'm interested in leucine by itself...I don't know how true the T-Nation marketers are, but they said their leucine (by itself) doesn't change the flavor of things it is added to much if at all...

Nothing is good for you if you can't manage to get it past your taste buds...
L-leucine, is L-luecine is L-leucine, i have tried a few varities, some from Purebulk.com as well as T-nations L-Leucine, it tastes like complete trash haha, but you just have to man up. The best way to take it is get some water in your mouth like your going to gargle mouthwash after brushing your teeth, and then put a scoop in there then drink a bunch of water to wash it down. Since the BCAA's when coming into contact with water usually like to float on the top, the water under it will keep it from touching your tounge.. Its alot like taking a shot. (the right way).
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:34 AM   #9
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I started taking BCAA's (capsule) a few days ago, and yesterday and today I've noticed an unpleasant bitter taste in my throat after I eat - regardless of when the meal is in relation to taking the pills. Are these things correlated? Has anyone else had this experience?
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